The next county board meeting will take place on Monday 10th June 2019 at the Thierafurth Inn, Kilcoo. The Club Championship Draw will also take place, and there will be refreshments from 7.30pm with the draw taking place at 8pm.
Training continues for the ladies as they prepare for the championship next month. The girls took part in the Crooked Lake Triathlon on Saturday 1st June, the girls were raising funds for Down LGFA and KBRT, a charity close to the hearts of the team and the county. The girls completed their compulsory ‘World Anti-Doping Agency Training’ with thanks to the brilliant facilitator John Farrell on Sunday 2nd June. Condolences also to the family of Mary Jo Ross-McQuaid. Omeath who passed away. Mary Jo was the wife of Ivan, who facilitates our training venue at Abbey CBS Newry. RIP.
U14 – BORN 2005 ONLY
The girls took on Cavan in the Gold Division All Ireland Quarter Final. The team fell behind to an early Cavan goal and Down never really got consistent football going thereafter. Cavan running out winners 6-10 to 1-03. The final score does not reflect the effort and determination put in by the Down girls who competed for every ball right to the final whistle. This brings an end to the u14 season, the management team thank the players, parents and all who supported the team throughout the year.
LEAD LIKE A LADY
We have just recovered to write about our event in the Burrendale Hotel, Newcastle on Sunday 26th May 2019, hosting the ‘Lead Like A Lady’ afternoon which we thoroughly enjoyed. We had a sold out crowd with over 180 ambitious ladies in attendance, the day really was a treasured memory. The Burrendale Hotel pulled out all stops to make this event so successful and we are so grateful for the help of Conor McVeigh and the team on the day, the service and food was first class!
As an association we had a vision to pull together this event to really build upon our confidence, encouraging women to take on leadership roles on and off the field of sport. Ultimately we wanted to scream and shout about why women make great leaders, we can safely say that we did that and more!
The speakers really were so inspiring and told their story with enthusiasm, desire and drive covering all things sports, business, family and leadership. The host was the fabulous Roisin McMullan, who really created such a vibrant, warm and captivating audience with her warmth and passion for all things fashion. We remembered the day with a tribute to Siobhan McCann, a former Down Ladies player and St Johns club player who had recently lost her ongoing battle with cancer. Siobhan embodies everything our day was about and encompassed true leadership in our fight and determination.
Roisin organised the various fashion shows throughout the day and kept the audience interested, we would have been lost without all her coordinating; from her visiting each of the boutiques to scripting of the entire day! The style on the day came from local boutiques including: Sinenna Warrenpoint, The Walk in Wardrobe Banbridge, It’s My Sister’s Downpatrick and Rita’s Downpatrick.
We had an interesting panel discussion from our Down LGFA Senior Captain Kate McKay, Business Woman Denize McKeown from My Glamorous Friend, Down LGFA Development Officer Brenda Murphy and Down LGFA Seniors Manager Caoibhe Sloan. Some wise words and advice from Caoibhe, who is one of the youngest female managers in the LGFA association which is a true testimony to our leadership skillset: ‘If you are good enough, you are old enough’.
Big thanks to the events team on the day who worked tirelessly to ensure everything ran smoothly, we really appreciated all your help: Cliona Shields, Alicia Bohill, Zara Robinson,
Aoife McClean, Niamh McClean and Bria Cunningham
Our Host Roisin McMullan and the models on the day who done a great job, big thanks to each of the girls: Grainne Sands, Irene Fitzsimons, Aimee Greene, Lauren Cunningham, Laoise Duffy, Emily Martin, Eilis Murphy and Emily Fitzpatrick.
Thanks to the makeup artist Holly and team, hairdresser Jolene Laverty who worked from the early hours on Sunday morning to get the girls ready. To our photographer Raphael Mason, our videographer and to the DJ’s Martin Sloan & Brendan Murray (Divine Harmony)
Big thanks to the local businesses who exhibited on the day, Babbie Maternity by Colleen Ward, Doterra Oils by Julie O’Hagan, Neal’s Yard Aromatherapy by Michelle Carville, Pampered Body by Helen Martin, Tropic Skin Care by Elaine Carville, Crafty Creations by Kate McNeill, My Club Stuff by Marie Walker, My Glamorous Friend by Denize McKeown, Nutrition with Noeleen Kelly, Feel Good Hypnosis by Turan Mirza, A Bell Swim Success / Revive by Adrienne Bell, Ita Manderson Yoga, Mairie Scott Embroidery, Marys Wax Scents by Mary Medland, Aloe Vera with Steven Blackburn and Precise Protect Ltd.
Lastly but by no means least, special thanks to our Sponsors, we really appreciated your support: Precise Protect Ltd, Salon 51, Horatio Todds, MFC Sports, Oriel Developments Ltd, Yewtree Properties and The HR Elephant.